Federal regulators have softened a new regulation intended to make the derivatives market—which helped cause the financial crisis—more competitive among banks. A derivative is a contract whose value is based on other underlying assets, such as stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, interest rates and market indexes.
Currently, just five banks control 90% of all derivatives contracts: JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) had planned to require firms wanting a price for a derivatives contract to contact at least five banks.
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